NEW YORK: LeBron James was warned on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) for violating the NBA’s anti-flopping rule after a play in which the superstar appeared to fall dramatically with little or no contact.
The league also warned teammate Kyle Kuzma for flopping in the same game where the Los Angeles Lakers won, 115-105, over Memphis on Friday (Saturday in Manila).
James was between two Memphis players when teammate Anthony Davis took a shot from the other side of the court. James fell backward and threw his arms into the air, and a foul was called as the Grizzles players looked on in frustration.
Kuzma was defending against Dillon Brooks when he spun all the way around and tumbled across the baseline.
Flopping penalties have been infrequent in recent years after the league began cracking down on the act of trying to fool referees into calling fouls by initiating penalties in the 2012 to 2013 season. After a first-time warning, a player is slapped a $5,000 fine for a second offense.